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mdshaw
mdshaw GRM+ Memberand Reader
3/19/21 8:43 a.m.

In reply to pres589 (djronnebaum) :

Finally Lotusseven7 shows a great setup K20/K24. Huge after market support, reliable, 220hp, $750, etc, etc. 
A K24 sounds much better at it's 7500rpm redline than a Buick V6 anyday. 

accordionfolder
accordionfolder SuperDork
3/19/21 9:06 a.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

They have the Nankang AR-1 in the US in a 235/45r13 now too!

clmoore3rd
clmoore3rd
1/14/22 6:08 p.m.
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) said:

I've seen a lot of unusual engine choices for a Locost - hell, I started building one years ago with a VW 1.8L.

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What were you going to do for a transmission?  I'm not aware of any VW RWD transmissions....  I've got a nicely built 1.8L 16V in an '87 GTI.  I'll get peanuts when I sell that car to make room for a Lotus 7 so if I could easily use that engine that would lessen the pain of parting with that car....

bgkast
bgkast GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
1/15/22 2:07 a.m.

In reply to clmoore3rd :

http://www.midlana.com

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/15/22 11:53 a.m.

I think if we're using engines behind the driver, there is no mystery to RWD VW transmissions :) But a Locost puts the engine up front.

bgkast
bgkast GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
1/15/22 11:58 a.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

It's a scratch built sevenesque car ... I argue it should fall under the locost umbrella. ;)

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/15/22 12:24 p.m.

Then I shall counter that if you are capitalizing Locost, you are specifically referring to a car that is fundamentally like the design used in Ron Champion's book, which he called a Locost. That is front engine and is basically an inexpensive Lotus 7 replica using a copy of the Westfield chassis.

But if you use the lower case, you are making it generic and can cast a wider net. We were using capital-L Locost until your last post and clmoore3rd specifically called out a Lotus 7 which is always front engine ;)

 

 

More helpfully, I've seen a 1.8 VW engine in a Series Land Rover, which is RWD until you lock the transfer case. It's just a matter of an adapter for your trans. In that case, it was made at home. Check this thread for a start: https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/tech-tips/vw-18t-fwd-to-rwd-trans-question/118160/page1/

bgkast
bgkast GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
1/15/22 12:39 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

Touche. 

This might be a solution for a VW engine in a capital L Locost: https://www.rwdmotorsport.com/product/vw-audi-1-8-litre-to-ford-type-9-bellhousing/

It even seems to be a lot cost solution. cheeky

 

clmoore3rd
clmoore3rd New Reader
1/16/22 11:43 a.m.
bgkast said:

In reply to Keith Tanner :

Touche. 

This might be a solution for a VW engine in a capital L Locost: https://www.rwdmotorsport.com/product/vw-audi-1-8-litre-to-ford-type-9-bellhousing/

It even seems to be a lot cost solution. cheeky

 

Correct, when I said "Lotus 7" I meant in the traditional sense, to include Locost 7 or Birkin 7.  (Not interested in building a frame by myself, too bad CMC is out of business.  Birkin seems to be truest alternative.)

That Jegs Quick Time adapter is quite pricey and defeats the purpose of trying to re-use my existing engine.

That RWD Motorsport unit is more what I had in mind, thanks! :)  Hmmm....

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